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Penguins Galore

Now that our current Ultimate Year Out girls have started their epic travels, our 2012/3 blogger Sophie has started to relive some of her adventures. First it's time for the penguin lowdown from two of our favourite cities, Cape Town and Melbourne!
 
As a child, I used to have a Pingu hot water bottle- but really it was more of a cuddly toy, that accompanied me everywhere I went. It kept me warm during the depths of winter and remained pride of place on my bed during the summer. Now I have...
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My Experience: Vietnam Experience

Real Gap customer Cally has just come back from our awesome Vietnam Experience, and after tweets galore and a review for the website- she's kindly written up her thoughts on the Vietnam Experience for the old RG blog! 
 
Xin ciao! If you talk to anyone about Vietnam they will mostly say the same: "it's so beautiful!" This however was not the first impression I had of Hanoi, the historical old capital where the Vietnam experience begins and ends. The traffic is insane, the markets spill out...
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So, what exactly is the Ultimate Year Out?

Last year Real Gap held a MASSIVE competition to win the 'Ultimate Year Out', and after submitting a video entry and going through rounds of voting, Melissa and Becky were the lucky two. What did they win? A year long Round The World trip on us! So without further ado, here's how the girls are getting on...

Hello there!

Less then a week to go and we've just arrived at the Real Gap and i-to-i office getting all the info for the trip.  We've met the team and tomorrow we'll get our aussie working...

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Round The World, or Round The Block?

Here at RG, we know big RTW trips aren't for everyone. To set out on a 6 month+ adventure, you need to be reasonably prepared, travel savvy and have exploration running through your veins. Others understandably, prefer to stick to one continent or even more specifically- one country. So how do you know what option's best for you? We've come up with a little criteria which can help you decide whether you're a RTW or a RTB (round-the-block, to you and me) type...

You know Round The World's for...

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Backpackers Budget: Your Questions, Answered!

Australia is ONE popular country to visit if you’re a Real Gapper... we send hundreds of you off RTW each year, and as we’re approaching prime Aussie departure time, we thought we’d fill you in with everything you'll need to know if you’re one of the lucky ones swanning off (and if you are, can you make room for us in your suitcase- pretty please?).

Budget: If you’re heading out to Australia to work Down Under for a year, you’ll need to have a fair amount of saving’s- $5000 AD to be exact....

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Backpackers Budget: Frugal Fun in Australia

As an Australian born traveller who's straight out of school, I can empathise with the many backpackers shocked at the cost of travelling in Aus (perhaps it’s even more surprising for me given the fact that I've lived there for the vast majority of my life!). If I found prices to be sky high, how must foreigners feel!? However, this is where my advantage lies; in that I could use a number of insider secrets to lessen the damage on the wallet. These secrets, or a few of them anyway, I’m...
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Want to join Team RG? (Of course you do!)

It's official... we're upping sticks and moving to Brighton! To mark our new start in the ultimate seaside town we've got some awesome spots in team RG up for grabs. Interested? Keep on reading!

After spending the first ten or so years of it's life in Tunbridge Wells, Real Gap is moving to Brighton! We're all so stoked about our new start, and to kick off the occasion in serious style we've got some mega cool jobs available in the best travel team in the world #bitbiasedbutitstrue.

Our new...

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Backpackers Budget: Australia!

We can picture it now… cocktails on the beach at Bondi, soaking up the sun in Sydney, diving in the Great Barrier Reef... (and that's without even mentioning the excitement of having a whole new country to explore!). There's no denying that Australia is an awesome backpackers destination, and over the next week we’re going to be launching a mini ‘backpackers budget’ series- giving you guys all of the goss on life Down Under.
 
We’ll be dishing the dirt on budgeting for your year abroad, from...
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Border Control: Cambodian Edition!

One thing I often think to myself when I'm away in a new place is that I wish someone had told me this or advised me of that, that I was aware of something, or had considered something else. When I write for Real Gap I try to remember what went through my head at a certain point in time and be that little angel of wisdom on travellers' shoulders around the world. Perhaps one of the more confronting times in Asia was crossing the border from Thailand to Cambodia...
 
My girlfriend and I bought...
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RG's Charlie's Fundraising Tips!

RG's Charlie has literally been EVERYWHERE (well, almost!) and so he's always there to dish out great travel advice to our Real Gappers. One of the questions he always gets asked is about fundraising, so he's decided to put together some of his top ideas to help some of you guys out! (He says: You're welcome!).

Ultimately, fundraising is down to the individual. What they're like, how serious they are and what they feel comfortable doing- and so as with a lot of things to do with travelling,...

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